Farewell, My Queen

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: August 24, 2012 - Toronto - August 24, 2012 - Toronto
Sept 7 - Vancouver
Sept 28 - Ottawa

DVD: January 15, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 24 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois, Noémie Lvovsky, Michel Robin


Versailles, 1789. As chaos erupts in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution, the people within the Palace of Versailles go on with their daily routines. But the peace is short-lived. Along with the other laborers and members of the court, Sidonie Laborde, Queen Marie Antoinette's devoted reader, learns of the storming of Bastille and tension begins building within the corridors of the palace.

As the news spreads, commotion ensues when the panicked courtiers realize the extent of the public's discontent and quickly flee Versailles. Refusing to be daunted by the news, the queen continues to meet with the worldly Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac, who shamelessly exploits the affection of the monarch. When the angry crowd finally reaches the gates of the castle, Marie Antoinette turns to Sidonie to help with her escape plan.

The film, which focuses on the relationship between Marie Antoinette and the loyal Sidonie, is based on the best-selling novel written by Chantal Thomas.

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Jean-Pierre Guérin, Kristina Larsen, Pedro Uriol
Screenplay: Benoît Jacquot, Gilles Taurand
Official Site: www.lesadieuxalareine.com

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  • 4 stars "This picture provides an interesting point of view,ie,that of the queen and her court.The usual focus is upon the revolutionaries.This movie reminded me (in setting,at least) of Hitler's last days in the bunker(filmed as Downfall). Both films take place in confined spaces and the inhabitants of each do not acknowledge that historic changes are ocurring outside."
  • 5 stars "Cool"